Congratulations to all of the Nebraska Press Women members who received awards in the 2020 National Federation of Press Women Contest. There were more than 1,800 entries from across the country this year, with nearly 300 award winners.

NPW members were awarded 11 first-place, 12 second-place, 5 third-place and 11 honorable mention awards. Awards went to the following NPW members, listed alphabetically by name:

Barb Batie, Lexington –
3rd Place, News Story, Magazine, Newsletter or Other Print Publication, Urban Sprawl: Farming on the 21st century cityscape

Lauren Brant, Grand Junction, Colo. –
1st Place, Single Photograph, News or Feature Photo, Giving blood
Honorable Mention, Photography, Photographer-writer, Search continues for missing man

Carla Chance, Cedar Creek –
1st Place, Editing for Print or Online Publications, Newsletter or Other Publication, Corporate or For-profit,  VKN: The Video King Network / Spring 2019
1st Place, Advertising, Advertising Posters, Billboards and Banners, FireCash Poster
2nd Place, Publications Regularly Written by Entrant, Newsletters or Other Publication, Corporate or For-profit,   VKN: The Video King Network / Spring 2019
3rd Place, 24A – Graphics, Happy New Year E-Blast Sent Via Social Media/Clients/Media

Terri Hahn, Osceola –
1st Place, Page Design, Newspaper, Your Menu section front
Honorable Mention, Feature Story, Online Publication, Oshkosh Water Tower now part of National Register

Heather Johnson, North Platte –
1st Place, Information For The Media, Media Pitch, Shenzi Media Pitch
1st Place, Public Relations Materials, Catalogs, Manuals and Handbooks, Career Focus
Honorable Mention, Video for Web, PR Video Promoting Specific Product or Service, Mid-Plains Community College

Ellen Mortensen, Gothenburg –
Honorable Mention, In-depth Reporting, Mental Health Awareness
Honorable Mention, Specialty Articles, Food, The Good Life
Honorable Mention, Photography, Photo Essay, Mighty Huskers

Irene North, Scottsbluff –
2nd Place, Specialty Articles, Personal Essay, Be mindful of the cliff when chasing dragonflies
2nd Place, Book Designed by Entrant, Scotts Bluff National Monument: Through the Years
3rd Place, Blogs, Personal, Living with the memories

Bette Pore, Grand Island –
1st Place, Page, Section or Supplement Edited by Entrant, Newspaper, Grand Island Independent Section A
3rd Place, Editorial / Opinion, Courthouse expansion still needed

Lori Potter, Kearney –
2nd Place, Specialty Articles, Business, Wilcox farmer: ‘Never in 100 years’ did I think I would see oil wells on my farmland and Oil’gas commission director sees potential for more Nebraska oil production
2nd Place, Specialty Articles, Government or Politics, BLM’s wild horse solution now a problem and Controlling numbers will take $5 billion, 15 years
Honorable Mention, Specialty Articles, History, Veterans especially missed home at Christmas

Leta Powell Drake, Lincoln –
Honorable Mention, Radio or Television, Interview, Live & Learn “Willa Cather” 

Erika Pritchard, Pleasanton –
1st Place, Single Photograph, Sports Photo, Left-handed interception

Tammy Real-McKeighan, Fremont –
Honorable Mention, Feature Story, Print-based Newspaper, The Magnificent Seven

LuAnn Schindler, Clearwater –
1st Place, Personality Profile, 500 Words or Fewer, Labor of Love
2nd Place, Headlines, A dash of Chopped, a pinch of Master Chef highlight kids cooking competition; Cookie Craze; Feusse strikes while the iron is hot; Running on ‘E’: Educational opportunities
2nd Place, Website Edited or Managed by Entrant, Corporate or For-profit, Summerland Advocate Messenger
Honorable Mention, Graphics, Infographics, The path to recall

Mary Jane Skala, Kearney –
1st Place, Specialty Articles, Religion, “He loved them the way God loved them”
1st Place, Specialty Articles, Science or Technology, Life-changing moment: device helps Lawter take first steps
2nd Place, Continuing Coverage or Unfolding News, Continuing features from floods of March 30 and July 9 in Kearney NE
2nd Place, Columns, Personal Opinion, Thankful for all mothers’ love/When it rains it pours
2nd Place, Specialty Articles, Style, Geist believes bras should ‘fit like a dream’ 
2nd Place, Specialty Articles, Travel, Man for Seward travels to Seward for 75th birthday
3rd Place, Specialty Articles, Hobby, Crafts, Building, Designing, Construction, Cross to guide the way
Honorable Mention, Columns, Humorous, “The Day the Outhouse Died”

Kimberly Stuhr, Springfield –
2nd Place, Book Edited by Entrant, The Encyclopedia of Trade Goods, Volume 3: Tools & Utensils of the Fur Trade